Posted in Trends I Like

Trends I (might) Like: Leatha!

Zara's paper bag waist leather shorts
Last week as I was flying to Mexico, my mom handed me The Wall Street Journal. I’m not gonna lie, I never read The Wall Street Journal; it just doesn’t piqué my interest. However, this article Shorting Leather totally caught my eye. It’s all about the current influx of leather shorts. Apparently these puppies are a modern take on the Bavarian Lederhosen and they are ALL the rage. It seems like almost every big designer is providing their take on leather shorts.

According to the article, despite the fact that the leather shorts are rather pricey, (even Zara’s are $99) these shorts are still selling because, “consumers see them as an investment piece, like a leather jacket.” Consumers believe that leather shorts are something that they will be able to wear for many seasons to come. In theory leather shorts seem awesome. They look super bad-ass and edgy, yet refined. They way these shorts are styled makes them look amazing!

Chloe Fall 2009 Collection

But my problem is all I can imagine is sweat + leather = fabric death trap. Also, I already look edgy and hardcore without trying. When you put me in leather I just look like a punk. So, I am not so sure how I feel about leather shorts. I don’t know I have to agree with Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She doesn’t think that leather shorts will last long enough to become a classic. “It doesn’t seem to me, pardon the pun, to be a look that has legs.” I have to agree. They seem totally fun but I don’t think they are going to be around for very long.

The Row by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

So what do you think?
Leather shorts: Enduring classic or temporary trend?

Posted in Coco Notes

tax refund well spent

I splurged. For the first time in my life I splurged… on a bag nonetheless. I’ve never splurged on anything in my life. I’m not even kidding. I am the girl who bought all my prom dresses at vintage shops or Loehman’s. The most expensive thing I’ve ever bought prior to this was a $250 pair of Kate Spade heels on my 17th birthday (which my sister pushed me into and the guilt haunted me for weeks after). In comparison to most people I know that is nothing. I mean I go to fashion school, I work in the fashion industry. $250 for shoes is hardly less than reasonable. I know people who spend $850 on Christian Louboutin shoes (regardless of the fact that they cannot afford them).

So I splurged on a bag… but it wasn’t just any bag. It was the Marc by Marc Jacobs “Petal to the Metal” messenger bag. I first encountered this incredible bag in November. I saw it while perusing the Bloomingdale’s website with my co-worker. I knew it had to be mine. But $495 for a bag was RIDICULOUS. I could never spend that much. So I resisted the temptation.
Then I went to New York for Fashion Week in February. While exploring the city with my friend Alex I stumbled upon the bag at Bergdorf Goodman. I contemplated buying it, but refused unless I had validation from my sister. While shopping around that day I ran into FIVE people who had the bag. Obviously, it was a sign. I NEEDED it. Alex and I then went to every major department store in the city looking for it, but they were sold out. By the time I got back to Berdorf’s it was gone! I was devastated. But oh well, $500 saved.

Then last week I escorted my best friend Megan to the eye doctor. After her appointment we decided to do a little shopping. We stopped by her favorite store on Melrose, Foley + Corinna. Then I suggested we stop by Marc by Marc Jacobs since it was practically on the way home. To my surprise they had the bag! Apparently it had been re-issued. So with a little encouragement from Megan I gave in. I bought the bag…

… and haven’t regretted it since.

Posted in Coco Notes

The Glitter Sale

New Year's Eve Outfits

So there is this thing in Seattle that happens every November called The Glitter Sale. The glitter sale is a two-day event held by one of Seattle’s Goodwill stores. Every year they store all of the formal wear that gets donated and then they have a two-day sale. All of the proceeds go to their job training program.

This famous two-day sale features racks, rows and cases of glitzy and glamorous Goodwill bargains, all in one place. Quality merchandise is collected year-round for the big sale, including gowns, men’s formalwear, jewelry, shoes, purses and much more.

I learned about the Glitter Sale during my brief residence in Seattle in the fall of 2006. Now, it has become a tradition for me to visit Seattle every year during the sale. Last year 2009 was my fourth time going. I even brought my neighbors Megan (photographer and managing editor of OBB) and Aaron (sound engineer and shark attack victim!) It is my tradition to buy a sequin dress at the glitter sale every year, to wear on New Year’s Eve of that year.

Some of our fabulous finds:

This blue sequin dress was one of Megan’s finds. It later became her New Year’s Eve dress.

Megan also got a white rabbit fur coat. She said she had one just like it when she was little. Aaron found a brown suede jacket and and an entire three-piece suit!

I found a brown suede jacket featured on the Glitter Sale blog. It has a fur lined collar and sleeves. It is very Penny Lane-esque. I’m not going to lie I kind of feel like a badass in it. A homeless woman even stopped me on the street to tell me how “ill” I looked.

Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket

There is even a great men’s section. One year (2007) Shea got this amazing Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket for something ridiculously cheap like $30.

As previously mentioned, Aaron got an entire suit including a jacket, pants, and a white button down shirt for $60!

This last year Pemco Northwest even wrote about me on their blog!

“Those two weren’t the only Glitter Sale veterans in attendance. Courtney, a California native, has made the Glitter Sale a part of her holiday shopping for four years now. She plans her trips to the Northwest to coincide with the Glitter Sale because there’s no other event that combines shopping and giving in such a fun and stylish way. Courtney was in search of some jewelry and accessories to complement the mink fur coat she found at last year’s sale”.

Pemco Northwest

This is the Mink Fur coat that the Pemco guy speaks about. (I know I’m a vegan who wears fur). It was only $65!! How could I say no? Also, another picture of Shea in his Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket.

I found this dress in 2007. It was a hand-beaded light pink cocktail dress. It even had shoulder pads! I wore it on New Year’s Eve 2007.

This is a hand made, vintage, strapless dress that Megan found. Sure, she doesn’t have an event to wear it to but it fit her like a glove!